Papelbon blows sixth save, spoils Hamels’ best outing of the year

The Phillies lost their fourth straight series Thursday 2-1, despite a stellar outing from Cole Hamels. The Phillies held a 1-0 lead entering the ninth, but Jonathan Papelbon blew the save, allowing two runs in the inning en route to his sixth blown save of the season. Hamels brilliant start wasted Cole Hamels churned out Continue reading Papelbon blows sixth save, spoils Hamels’ best outing of the year

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Gameday: Phillies (50-57) vs Giants (47-59)

Philadelphia Phillies (50-57) vs San Francisco Giants (47-59) Cole Hamels (4-13, 4.09) vs Matt Cain (6-6, 4.79 ERA) Time: 7:05 Citizens Bank Park TV: Comcast SportsNet Weather: 79, storms possible Media: Twitter and Facebook The Phillies still have a chance to win their three game series with the Giants on Thursday in a rubber match that features two very good but underperforming pitchers. Continue reading Gameday: Phillies (50-57) vs Giants (47-59)

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Alec Halaby and the Rise of Analytics in the Eagles’ Front Office

As analytics become increasingly mainstream in professional sports, it should come as no surprise the Eagles have embraced the movement. Everything about the franchise these days speaks to an open-minded approach toward the game, from something as simp…

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This Is What Jrue Holiday Will Be Wearing Next Season

The New Orleans Hornets are no more. Introducing, the New Orleans M-Fing Pelicans! (Note: M-F’ing not actually part of their official name.) The Pelicans on Thursday unveiled their new uniforms for the 2013 season. That’s Jrue there on the …

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Bird Droppings: Controversies and Non-Controversies at Eagles Training Camp

Perhaps the most overblown story of the offseason so far is about the NFL’s V.P. of officiating coming down on up-tempo offenses like what the Eagles plan to run under Chip Kelly this season. Let’s hear what he has to say: “We have to make sure t…

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Did Amaro Balk At Offers for Young, Ruiz?

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says that the Yankees offered a decent deal for Michael Young, but Ruben Amaro shot it down. From Heyman: Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke on the phone around 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, an hour before the trade deadline, at which time Amaro confirmed what the Yankees Continue reading Did Amaro Balk At Offers for Young, Ruiz?

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Phillies Tab Martin to Start Friday

Ethan Martin, brought to Philadelphia in the Shane Victorino-to-LA trade last summer, will make his major league debut on Friday against the Atlanta Braves. Martin was named the #3 prospect in the Phillies organization prior to the 2013 season by our minor league expert, Jay Floyd. Martin, 24, has had a solid year at Lehigh Continue reading Phillies Tab Martin to Start Friday

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Broken Twigs: Flyers’ Rosehill Problem and Your FGSB Mailbag

Something I’ve noticed about the Flyers is that they seem unable to be grasp a basic subject that most of league has picked up on over the past few years – opportunity cost. Here are some completely random transactions from recent Flyers history: A…

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Ruben Amaro: Jon Heyman Is ‘Wrong Quite a Bit’

Ruben Amaro didn’t sell Wednesday, but that didn’t stop him from selling CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman down the river Thursday morning. The Phillies’ GM was on the WIP Morning Show on Thursday, one day after what was expected to be a b…

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Confidence Has Lakewood’s Hanson Rolling

A single word has been the secret to success for one of the Phillies’ breakout prospects this year. Confidence is what leads the way for Lakewood’s Nic Hanson. The right-hander began his 2013 in the bullpen for the Class A BlueClaws. As a reliever, Hanson had little impact. But since he was moved into the Continue reading Confidence Has Lakewood’s Hanson Rolling

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Thursday Morning Fly By: Good riddance July, you tremendous bore.

*It’s August! This means we’ve only a month and a half until sweet, sweet NHL hockey returns to our otherwise empty lives. In the meantime, here’s some hockey news:
*Meltzer lists the top-ten offensive defensemen in Flyers history. …

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Teammates React to Riley Cooper’s Racial Slur, Apology

Video of Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper using a racial slur went viral late Wednesday afternoon. It’s sensational enough without commentary. Obviously the 25-year-old’s words were terribly insensitive to say the least, and he’s probably lucky …

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Gameday: Phillies (50-56) vs Giants (46-59)

Philadelphia Phillies (50-56) vs San Francisco Giants (46-59) Kyle Kendrick  (9-7, 3.96 ERA) vs Chad Gaudin (4-2, 2.77 ERA) TIME: 7:05 Citizens Bank Park TV: Comcast SportsNet Weather: 86, sunny Media: Twitter and Facebook The Phillies ended their eight game losing streak on Tuesday with a 7-3 win over the Giants, and tonight they will have a crack at winning their first series since Continue reading Gameday: Phillies (50-56) vs Giants (46-59)

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Trade Deadline: Nothing to See Here But the Same Old Phillies

Phillies lineup Rollins (6), M Young (3), Utley (4), D Young, Ruf (7), Asche, (5), Mayberry (8), Ruiz (2), Kendrick (1) — Leslie Gudel (@lesliegudel) July 31, 2013 The 4:00 pm non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone and Michael Young is playing f…

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Experts Agree: The Sixers Are Gonna Be the Absolute Worst Next Season

Well, we traded our only reliable offensive creator, we drafted a guy who might not play at all next year, and we still don’t have coach. Aside from that, things are looking bright for the Philadelphia 76ers–seriously, we got all them prosp…

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